Instruments for success

College Preparedness and Career Pathways

Meets: Wednesdays 4:30 - 6:30PM
Location: South Philadelphia Library, 1700 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19145

Fall Dates: October 2 - December 18, 2019 (No class November 27, 2019)
Spring Dates: February 5 - April 8, 2019
Application Due Dates: Fall - September 27, 2019; Spring - January 31, 2019


The college application process can often be tricky and intimidating, but we can make it easier for you! Instruments for Success is a ten-week after-school program covering every aspect of the college admissions and audition process.

Students spend seven of the ten weeks learning from a highly experience college counselor. The other three weeks, a series of guest speakers help students explore career paths both in and connected to the field of music.

In this course, students learn about:

  • Selecting schools that are the right β€œfit” for their goals and interests

  • Writing a compelling college essay

  • Preparing for auditions and interviews

  • Navigating the world of financial aid, grants and scholarships

  • How to approach the SAT and ACT

  • Career paths both in and connected to the field of music

Participation is limited to 30 students. Students who meet attendance and participation requirements are eligible to receive a stipend of up to $200!

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Student Testimonials

"Project 440 has taught me an abundance of crucial information - including the skills I will need to survive as a musician in the 21st century, how to navigate my way through the college application and audition process and how diverse a career in classical music can be."

- Marquise M., 2017 Instruments for Success Graduate

"As the program is coming to a close I would like to say thank you for offering me this opportunity. I never knew that learning about Colleges could be this vigorous, yet humorous."

- Jonathan M., 2018 Instruments for Success Graduate